Legendary Tales. Timeless Preservation.

Legendary Tales. Timeless Hospitality.

Our Mission

The Wayside Inn Foundation is a nonprofit charitable Massachusetts corporation created in 1944 to own, operate, and maintain the Wayside Inn Historic Site, a campus of nine historic buildings and over 100 pastoral acres. Its mission is to promote early American humanities and culture through hospitality, lodging, education, programming, and events, and continue an inn-keeping tradition dating back to 1716. Serving local communities as well as visitors from around the world, the site provides a unique, tranquil and historic setting rooted in colonial American traditions for family and friends of all generations to make lasting memories.

From its 18th century beginnings as an important stagecoach stop, to its 19th century immortalization by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to Henry Ford's expansion and historic preservation of the property as a living museum of American history in the 20th century, The Wayside Inn offers the 21st century visitor a unique window into over 300 years of American history. 

The nine historic structures on our campus and under our care include:

  • Longfellow's Wayside Inn, the original parts of which date back to 1707 as the How family home
  • The Grist Mill, built in 1929 by Henry Ford as an operating mill
  • The Martha-Mary Chapel, built in 1940 by Henry Ford and named after his mother and mother-in-law
  • The Redstone Schoolhouse, built in 1798 and believed to be the schoolhouse of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” fame
  • The Old Barn, built in the early 1800s by the How family
  • The Ice House, dating from the 1930s and built by Henry Ford to store harvested ice 
  • The Cider Mill, built by Henry Ford in 1930 to hold a cider press for apple processing
  • The Gate House (or Coach House), built in 1913 by owner Edward R. Lemon from reclaimed Colonial-era timbers for storing of stagecoaches
  • The Cold Storage (Root) Cellar, an underground facility built by Henry Ford for produce processing and storage

Our majestic 100+ acre property is blessed with lush meadows, grassy fields, pine forests, babbling brooks, and beautiful ponds making it a peaceful and idyllic New England landscape seemingly lost in time. Explore our beautiful grounds with our trail map or enjoy a picnic on the lawn in front of the stone Grist Mill, listening to the rush of its soothing waterfall.

While private property, The Wayside Inn campus is free to access and enjoy and is maintained by The Wayside Inn Foundation through hospitality revenue and generous support from visitors like you.

Board of Trustees

Since transitioning to a charitable nonprofit in 1944, The Wayside Inn organization (doing business as The Wayside Inn Foundation) has been overseen by an all-volunteer board of trustees. Over the years, our board has been composed of members of the Ford family, notable historians, prominent business executives, and renowned academicians. Our current board is composed of roughly a dozen local professionals with a passion for the historic property, a commitment to our mission through active committee work, and unique skills and experience that bring extraordinary value to all aspects of our operations. As trustees, it is our privilege to be stewards of this important historic place and valuable community resource. Day-to-day affairs of the organization are managed by both an Innkeeper/General Manager and a Nonprofit Director, both of whom report to the board.
Gary Christelis

President

Gary is a corporate transactional attorney, businessman and angel investor with extensive legal and commercial management and operational experience. He is an accomplished leader in building successful teams, scaling companies, and managing risks and complex transactions, with particular expertise working with high tech startups. In addition to serving on the board of The Wayside Inn Foundation, he is president of the board of trustees of Danforth Art Alliance, Inc., which supports the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University. Gary and his wife, Doris, live in Sudbury in a home that was formerly part of The Wayside Inn School for Boys, which sparked his interest in getting involved with The Wayside Inn.

Ted Jandl

Vice President Chair of Executive and Governance Committee

Ted grew up in Wayland, was married in the Martha-Mary Chapel, and has long enjoyed The Wayside Inn and the beautiful grounds around it. Professionally, he has been an executive sales leader for several enterprise business software organizations, including Cognos, and IBM for 30 years. Ted’s interests as a Trustee center around Development, Fundraising and greater community connections through the Inn’s values around preservation, culture, and self-sustainment. He lives in Sudbury with his wife, Biene, and has 3 children.

Michele DiVito

Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Michele is a certified public accountant and a Senior Director at RSM US LLP in the assurance practice group. Her work focuses on nonprofit clients in the education, international non-governmental organizations, health and welfare, and foundation sectors in the area of auditing and financial consulting. In addition to serving on the board of The Wayside Inn Foundation, she is treasurer of the board of trustees of Danforth Art Alliance, Inc., which supports the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University. Michele lives in Ashland with her family.

Mark Kablack

Clerk and Chair of Facilities Committee

Mark is an attorney who specializes in complex real estate transactions, zoning, and permitting issues in the greater Boston metropolitan area. He is a long time director of the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, and has previously chaired its Government Affairs Committee. Mark is a past resident of Sudbury (30 years) where he was active in local government and civic associations, including service on the Zoning Board of Appeals, Resource Recovery Committee, Earth Removal Board, and the Community Preservation Committee. He currently lives with his wife, Jody, in central Massachusetts in an early 19th-century period reproduction home.

Miner Crary

Trustee

Miner is a retired co-founder of Birch Hill Investment Advisors which provides investment counseling and investment research for high net-worth clients. He is a trustee of the Sudbury Foundation and served as an overseer of the Bank of America Celebrity Series and was co-chair of its investment committee. Miner and his wife, Helen, are long-time residents of Sudbury.

Jon Delli Priscoli

Trustee

Jon is committed to the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes. He is a patron of the arts and an avid collector of American antiques from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. His latest projects have been restoring “Leyden Cottage” an 1852 Gothic revival estate in Carver, MA and “Deerfoot” an 1847 Estate, 2nd-Empire French mansion located in Southborough, MA. He serves as a Trustee on the Sippican Historical Society in Marion, MA where he resides with his wife and children.

John Drobinski

Trustee

John is a professional geologist and a licensed site professional who holds degrees in chemistry and geology. He is a principal partner at Environmental Resources Management, a global environmental consultancy. John specializes in hazardous waste site remediation and the siting and permitting of critical facilities and renewable energy projects. He has more than 30 years of public service to the citizens of Sudbury including 27 years as a selectman and past member of the Planning Board. He is currently chairman of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Design Committee. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association Energy and Environment Committee that assists cities and towns working with the Commonwealth on these matters. John and his wife Patty have lived in town for more than forty years and currently live in a historic farmhouse constructed in 1820. Together they have celebrated many family events at the Inn, including the marriage of their daughter at The Martha-Mary Chapel and reception at the Inn. John especially enjoys driving around town in his 1952 MGTD antique roadster, spending time on the coast of southern Maine and relishes time with his three young grandchildren who also live in Sudbury.

Katina Fontes

Trusetee and Chair of Development Committee

Katina Fontes is a doctoral student in Educational Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she also teaches in the Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on instructional methods that foster college classroom dialogue and promote life-long civic engagement. A former college instructor in the history and culture of the Americas, Katina is passionate about the design of educational programming that highlights the relevance of local history to modern-day life. Born in Athens, Greece and raised in Van Meter, IA, she currently resides in Sudbury, MA with her husband, Silvestre.

Lily Gordon

Trustee

Following a successful career as an attorney, retail operator, and IT entrepreneur, Lily Gordon dedicates her time to community services, continuing a lifelong passion for supporting arts, education and safety on both local and state levels. She has been an active board member on, and fundraiser for, numerous organizations focusing on arts, education, human rights and safety, including the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and The Wayside Inn Foundation, where she has served in many board positions, including as board president. Lily has received a number of awards and citations for her public service over the years, and resides in Sudbury.

Shervin B. Hawley

Trustee and Chair of Marketing & Branding Committee

Shervin is a long-time customer experience and branding professional. He started a successful design and advertising agency before moving to IBM where he was the first Global Chief Creative Officer for IBM Interactive. Shervin has led creative, branding, and customer experience engagements for some of the world’s most familiar brands including Samsung, PepsiCo, American Express, Pfizer, JP Morgan Chase, and Prudential. He has also worked with numerous startups to help in developing their brands and customer experience strategies. He currently owns Emersify a curated travel and events agency, and S B Hawley Design. Shervin has a passion for American History, and is a member and leader of many lineage societies. Shervin has traveled to more than 100 countries and lived in 23 locations across the world and is proud to call his favorite of all, Sudbury, home. He lives in the historic Bigelow Parsonage (1773) in Sudbury Town Center with his wife Carrie, whom he married at The Wayside Inn. He is a direct descendent of many of Sudbury’s first families including the Hows.

Tom Prince

Trustee Chair of Hospitality and Operations Committee

Tom Prince is a 30 year resident of Sudbury and, more recently, North Framingham. As the founder of Tomasso Trattoria in Southborough, Tom brings extensive restaurant and hospitality experience to the Board. He is particularly excited to help translate the traditions and history of The Wayside Inn to meet the tastes and expectations of today's guests.

James Wiegel

Trustee and Chair of Programming Committee

Jim is an executive vice president of a convertible bond manager serving institutional and high net worth clients. He is a Certified Financial Planner with investment management experience working with several non-profit organizations. He is a director of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, the incipient Massachusetts Air & Space Museum, Sudbury American Legion Post 191, and president of the 76 Club of Boston. He is a graduate of West Point, George Washington University, Babson College, and Boston University. A retired Colonel in the US Army he is also a colonial reenactor with the Sudbury Militia and Minute Companies that meet, drill, and host living history events at The Wayside Inn. He and his family have lived in Sudbury for over 36 years.

Board of Trustees

Since transitioning to a charitable nonprofit in 1944, The Wayside Inn organization (doing business as The Wayside Inn Foundation) has been overseen by an all-volunteer board of trustees. Over the years, our board has been composed of members of the Ford family, notable historians, prominent business executives, and renowned academicians. Our current board is composed of twelve local professionals with a passion for the historic property, a commitment to our mission through active committee work, and unique skills and experience that bring extraordinary value to all aspects of our operations. As trustees, it is our privilege to be stewards of this important historic place and valuable community resource. Day-to-day affairs of the organization are managed by both an Innkeeper/General Manager and a Nonprofit Director, both of whom report to the board.
Gary Christelis

President

Gary is a corporate transactional attorney, businessman and angel investor with extensive legal and commercial management and operational experience. He is an accomplished leader in building successful teams, scaling companies, and managing risks and complex transactions, with particular expertise working with high tech startups. In addition to serving on the board of The Wayside Inn Foundation, he is president of the board of trustees of Danforth Art Alliance, Inc., which supports the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University. Gary and his wife, Doris, live in Sudbury in a home that was formerly part of The Wayside Inn School for Boys, which sparked his interest in getting involved with The Wayside Inn.

Ted Jandl

Vice President Chair of Executive and Governance Committee

Ted grew up in Wayland, was married in the Martha-Mary Chapel, and has long enjoyed The Wayside Inn and the beautiful grounds around it. Professionally, he has been an executive sales leader for several enterprise business software organizations, including Cognos, and IBM for 30 years. Ted’s interests as a Trustee center around Development, Fundraising and greater community connections through the Inn’s values around preservation, culture, and self-sustainment. He lives in Sudbury with his wife, Biene, and has 3 children.

Michele DiVito

Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Michele is a certified public accountant and a Senior Director at RSM US LLP in the assurance practice group. Her work focuses on nonprofit clients in the education, international non-governmental organizations, health and welfare, and foundation sectors in the area of auditing and financial consulting. In addition to serving on the board of The Wayside Inn Foundation, she is treasurer of the board of trustees of Danforth Art Alliance, Inc., which supports the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University. Michele lives in Ashland with her family.

Mark Kablack

Clerk and Chair of Facilities Committee

Mark is an attorney who specializes in complex real estate transactions, zoning, and permitting issues in the greater Boston metropolitan area. He is a long time director of the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, and has previously chaired its Government Affairs Committee. Mark is a past resident of Sudbury (30 years) where he was active in local government and civic associations, including service on the Zoning Board of Appeals, Resource Recovery Committee, Earth Removal Board, and the Community Preservation Committee. He currently lives with his wife, Jody, in central Massachusetts in an early 19th-century period reproduction home.

Miner Crary

Trustee

Miner is a retired co-founder of Birch Hill Investment Advisors which provides investment counseling and investment research for high net-worth clients. He is a trustee of the Sudbury Foundation and served as an overseer of the Bank of America Celebrity Series and was co-chair of its investment committee. Miner and his wife, Helen, are long-time residents of Sudbury.

Jon Delli Priscoli

Trustee

Jon is committed to the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes. He is a patron of the arts and an avid collector of American antiques from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. His latest projects have been restoring “Leyden Cottage” an 1852 Gothic revival estate in Carver, MA and “Deerfoot” an 1847 Estate, 2nd-Empire French mansion located in Southborough, MA. He serves as a Trustee on the Sippican Historical Society in Marion, MA where he resides with his wife and children.

John Drobinski

Trustee

John is a professional geologist and a licensed site professional who holds degrees in chemistry and geology. He is a principal partner at Environmental Resources Management, a global environmental consultancy. John specializes in hazardous waste site remediation and the siting and permitting of critical facilities and renewable energy projects. He has more than 30 years of public service to the citizens of Sudbury including 27 years as a selectman and past member of the Planning Board. He is currently chairman of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Design Committee. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association Energy and Environment Committee that assists cities and towns working with the Commonwealth on these matters. John and his wife Patty have lived in town for more than forty years and currently live in a historic farmhouse constructed in 1820. Together they have celebrated many family events at the Inn, including the marriage of their daughter at The Martha-Mary Chapel and reception at the Inn. John especially enjoys driving around town in his 1952 MGTD antique roadster, spending time on the coast of southern Maine and relishes time with his three young grandchildren who also live in Sudbury.

Katina Fontes

Trusetee and Chair of Development Committee

Katina Fontes is a doctoral student in Educational Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she also teaches in the Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on instructional methods that foster college classroom dialogue and promote life-long civic engagement. A former college instructor in the history and culture of the Americas, Katina is passionate about the design of educational programming that highlights the relevance of local history to modern-day life. Born in Athens, Greece and raised in Van Meter, IA, she currently resides in Sudbury, MA with her husband, Silvestre.

Lily Gordon

Trustee

Following a successful career as an attorney, retail operator, and IT entrepreneur, Lily Gordon dedicates her time to community services, continuing a lifelong passion for supporting arts, education and safety on both local and state levels. She has been an active board member on, and fundraiser for, numerous organizations focusing on arts, education, human rights and safety, including the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and The Wayside Inn Foundation, where she has served in many board positions, including as board president. Lily has received a number of awards and citations for her public service over the years, and resides in Sudbury.

Shervin B. Hawley

Trustee and Chair of Marketing & Branding Committee

Shervin is a long-time customer experience and branding professional. He started a successful design and advertising agency before moving to IBM where he was the first Global Chief Creative Officer for IBM Interactive. Shervin has led creative, branding, and customer experience engagements for some of the world’s most familiar brands including Samsung, PepsiCo, American Express, Pfizer, JP Morgan Chase, and Prudential. He has also worked with numerous startups to help in developing their brands and customer experience strategies. He currently owns Emersify a curated travel and events agency, and S B Hawley Design. Shervin has a passion for American History, and is a member and leader of many lineage societies. Shervin has traveled to more than 100 countries and lived in 23 locations across the world and is proud to call his favorite of all, Sudbury, home. He lives in the historic Bigelow Parsonage (1773) in Sudbury Town Center with his wife Carrie, whom he married at The Wayside Inn. He is a direct descendent of many of Sudbury’s first families including the Hows.

Tom Prince

Trustee Chair of Hospitality and Operations Committee

Tom Prince is a 30 year resident of Sudbury and, more recently, North Framingham. As the founder of Tomasso Trattoria in Southborough, Tom brings extensive restaurant and hospitality experience to the Board. He is particularly excited to help translate the traditions and history of The Wayside Inn to meet the tastes and expectations of today's guests.

James Wiegel

Trustee and Chair of Programming Committee

Jim is an executive vice president of a convertible bond manager serving institutional and high net worth clients. He is a Certified Financial Planner with investment management experience working with several non-profit organizations. He is a director of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, the incipient Massachusetts Air & Space Museum, Sudbury American Legion Post 191, and president of the 76 Club of Boston. He is a graduate of West Point, George Washington University, Babson College, and Boston University. A retired Colonel in the US Army he is also a colonial reenactor with the Sudbury Militia and Minute Companies that meet, drill, and host living history events at The Wayside Inn. He and his family have lived in Sudbury for over 36 years.

Key Staff

The Wayside Inn Foundation employees a highly experienced staff that is dedicated to our hospitality operations and broader educational and cultural mission.

Steve Pickford

General Manager and Innkeeper
Having worked in the restaurant business during high school, Steve Pickford developed a passion for the hospitality business early in life and attended Bryant University, graduating with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Hotel/Restaurant Institutional management. Steve began his career with positions at leading hotels, including Marriott and Sheraton. In 1990, he joined The Wayside Inn as Executive Chef, giving him deep experience with our food service operations. In 2003, Steve left the Inn to pursue management roles in the food and beverage industry, acquiring extensive managerial and operational experience, and in 2013, he was invited to rejoin the Inn to become our 11th Innkeeper and General Manager. Steve is responsible for overall day-to-day operations and care of the entire Wayside Inn property, which consists of nine historic structures and over 100 acres, most important, management of our flagship Longfellow’s Wayside Inn operations.

Sally Purrington Hild

Nonprofit Director
Hired as the first Nonprofit Director of The Wayside Inn Foundation in October 2019, Sally Hild was brought on board to strengthen the organization’s nonprofit identity, increase community engagement, and amplify development activities. Sally will also spearhead broader programs and exhibits that support The Wayside Inn Foundation's educational mission. Sally holds a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Boston University’s American and New England Studies program. With extensive experience in nonprofit organization management, before joining TWIF, Sally served as Executive Director of the Sudbury Historical Society in Sudbury, Massachusetts and at the Cambridge Historical Society. Sally is passionate about historic preservation, American and New England studies, museum management, and educational programming. Sally is an active community volunteer and is proud to make Sudbury her home with her family.

John O'Brien

Assistant Innkeeper

Tara Murphy

Assistant Innkeeper

Jack Murphy

Restaurant Manager

Mark MacKay

Function Coordinator
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